Gay Miller

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Activities for Teaching Setting in Literature

Free Beach Setting Anchor Chart

Teaching Setting

Activity #1

I often teach the setting of a story by discussing genres. I ask students to name where and when a specific genre takes place.

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . Volcanoes

Mount St. Helens 2005

Mount St. Helens 2005

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Writing for an Audience

Writing for a Specific Audience Free Mini Lesson

Most students can grasp the concept of changing the way they write or speak depending on who they are addressing in just a small mini lesson. This post offers free materials to teach the lesson. Included is a PowerPoint, card activity, and foldable organizer. In no time your students will be able to write and speak to a specific audience. This includes using both formal and informal speech.

Teaching this lesson is super important as it is addressed in a large number of Common Core State Standards. Continue Reading

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Author’s Purpose Three Teaching Activities

Author's Purpose Free Lesson Plan including Foldable Organizers

Author’s Purpose

Common Core Standards

Teaching students to write for a specific purpose is one of my favorite skills to teach. Students enjoy drawing sketches that illustrate different writing purposes. See Activity 1 below. And who doesn’t love eating doughnuts? See Activity 3.

Teaching students to write for a specific purpose is found in the Common Core State Writing Standards: Continue Reading

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Writing a Thesis Statement

Thesis Statement PowerPoint

Writing a Thesis Statement

Writing a thesis statement can be an extremely difficult skill for students to learn.

The Teaching Standards

This skill is introduced in the Tennessee State Teaching Standards beginning at the sixth grade level. While the Common Core State Standards do not use the words “thesis statement,” beginning in the first grade level, the standards say students must be able to introduce opinion pieces, and state an opinion. [This sounds like a thesis statement to me.] While I’m not sure that lower elementary students could begin to understand the complexity of the thesis statement, I do plan to continue teaching this skill to upper elementary students. 
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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Surviving in the Wilderness

Ten Interesting Facts . . .
Surviving the Wilderness

  1. Water Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

    • Humans need eight cups of water each day.

    • When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty. Continue Reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

Said is Dead Poster

Show, Don’t Tell

The Show, Don’t Tell method of writing is when the writer is able to create a picture in the reader’s mind. 

Details

One key element of this method is the use of details.

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